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    Posted: 07 May 2017 at 12:55am
Wikipedia says that undertaker is an archaic term in the US, and the preferred term is 'funeral director,' so that's what I used.  What say you?

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I think it's the same. 
Also, hello fellow Portland area finalist person!
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I took 'undertaker' to mean a person who prepares a body for burial.  
I just realized that, while my MC works with the dead and mentions cleaning up and preparing bodies, the actual word 'undertaker' never appears. I hope that's okay....
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Originally posted by JanesDragon JanesDragon wrote:

I think it's the same. 
Also, hello fellow Portland area finalist person!
Tualatin here.
Hallo from the far reaches of East Portland.  How about this sunshine, am I right?  Cheers and good luck! :)

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I had "Mortitian" as a character a few years ago in Screenplay ... same difference ...




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No sense worrying about it now!! I think any character related to preparing dead bodies or funerals works. 
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Originally posted by LyndaD LyndaD wrote:

I took 'undertaker' to mean a person who prepares a body for burial.  
I just realized that, while my MC works with the dead and mentions cleaning up and preparing bodies, the actual word 'undertaker' never appears. I hope that's okay....

For round 2, my character assignment was a 40-year-old unemployed man. I never directly mentioned that he was 40, only that he graduated high school 22 years ago. And I never directly said he was unemployed either, just that he worked somewhere until his previous boss suffered an untimely accident.

Apparently they thought that was acceptable, so I think you should be more than fine. Smile

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For me an undertaker is anyone who's role is to prepare and convey the remains of a deceased person (or entity) to the grave.
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From good old Merriam-Webster:

Definition of undertaker

  1. 1:  one who undertakes :  one who takes the risk and management of business :  entrepreneur

  2. 2:  one whose business is to prepare the dead for burial and to arrange and manage funerals

  3. 3:  an Englishman taking over forfeited lands in Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries

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Originally posted by patsy patsy wrote:

From good old Merriam-Webster:

Definition of undertaker

  1. 1:  one who undertakes :  one who takes the risk and management of business :  entrepreneur

  2. 2:  one whose business is to prepare the dead for burial and to arrange and manage funerals

  3. 3:  an Englishman taking over forfeited lands in Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries


Employing definitions 1 and 3 would have taken some bravery! Not sure the judges would have been tuned in to those.

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